Contouring isn’t as hard as you think.
Contouring and highlighting can be daunting, especially for beginners. Follow these simple hacks that’ll help you to contour and highlight like a pro in no time. When done right, contouring and highlighting can shape your face perfectly. As a basic guideline, contour the areas you want to pull back, and highlight the areas you want to bring out.
- Choose the right shade
Choosing the correct shade for your skin is the first step to the perfectly natural contour and highlight. For contour, choose a tone two shades darker than your skin tone. For the highlight, choose a tone two shades lighter.
- For a narrower hairline
If you have a wider forehead, contour your temples and lightly across your hairline. This will make your forehead appear slightly shorter and narrower.
- For a shorter face
If you have a longer face, such as an oblong or oval face shape, try contouring for a shorter and slightly rounder face. Contour the area just below your cheekbones, using the tip of your ear to the center of your eye as a guide. Contour the bottom of your chin slightly as well.
- For a sharper nose
To create the illusion of a sharper nose, contour the sides and bottom of your nose and highlight the very tip of your nose.
- Follow the right sequence
Always start with contouring, followed by highlighting, and ending it off with blush. Contouring helps to define your cheekbones, so it’ll be easier for you to apply highlighter and blush after. To help your makeup last longer, finish off with loose powder or a setting spray.
- Dealing with excess shine
Accidentally put on too much highlighter? Contour it by lightly dusting contouring or loose powder over the area.
- Get a subtle and natural glow
If you’re looking for a natural makeup look and don’t like using too many products on your face, use face oil instead. Dab it on your cheekbones for a subtle and dewy glow.